Rachel Lavery

My philosophy

I see counselling as a journey of exploration by the individual in the company of others. I see myself, as the counsellor, helping the individual as they embark on the journey of self-discovery. This journey could include setting and achieving goals, discovering and naming strengths that they possess, and finding and developing a way to be their best self. I consider each person to be the expert on themselves and I work with each client to support them in discovering and collaboratively refining their expertise. This is achieved through a
variety of techniques including traditional talk therapy, art therapy and play therapy. I am grounded in mindfulness, strength-based, and acceptance-based approaches and these are modified to suit the individual needs of the client.

About Me

I grew up in Ontario, splitting my time between the city in the south and the peace of the country in the north.  My interest in working with families, youth and children began when, as a child, I listened to stories from my parents about how their family life growing up  impacted their current world view. Later, when my family added children via being a foster family, my interest in helping deepened.
I moved to Alberta from Ontario to pursue my post-secondary education at the University of Lethbridge. Graduating from the University of Lethbridge with two degrees – a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts – I embarked on a teaching career.  I found teaching to be rewarding but I wanted to do more to better the lives of individual children and families. This desire led me to the field of counselling.

I am in the process of completing a Masters of Counselling degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Athabasca. I have recently successfully defended my thesis, which discussed changing perceptions of child behaviour and how that impacts parent-child relationships.
I have also recently moved to Victoria and am loving the opportunity to introduce my fluffy orange prairie cat, Gandalf, to coastal life. Despite being busy with work and school, I hope to still find time for painting, drawing and reading; which I enjoy immensely.  I look forward to completing my clinical internship at Charlotte King-Harris Counselling.